I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I can state with confidence that if New Jersey goes one way the correct answer is to go in the opposite direction.
Despite the romantic picture presented to us about Revolutionary War patriots abounding in the Garden State, the reality is that New Jersey was heavily Loyalist.
New Jersey lagged way behind other states that had abolished slavery prior to the Civil War. In fact, when slavery was finally ended there, the law included provisions to benefit the landed gentry of the southern part of the state. Those born into slavery, for example, had to remain on the property in a sort of indentured servitude well into adulthood. I believe they were bound to work for free for the owner until age 25.
Lincoln also has trouble in New Jersey in both of his two elections. In 1860 he barely won a split vote, and in 1864 he lost it to McClellan.
Now, New Jersey follows the lead of California - enough said.
Only in our current era can a man refer to a legitimate form of therapy as "an insidious form of child abuse." and not be run out of town on a rail.
"Gov. Chris Christie [AKA "Governor Fats"] signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California.
The bill passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support in June. Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly gay, described the therapy as "an insidious form of child abuse."
In a note accompanying the bill, Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent with his Catholic faith, which teaches that homosexual acts are sins....."
[*Parents of a son who has acted like a girl since he was a toddler are highly unlikely to waste their time trying to redirect him to start being attracted to girls]
We are two different countries, and we need to act on that reality.